Safeguarding the future of chocolate

Picture copyright Andres et al.

The sustainable supply of cocoa beans is at stake due to the Cocoa Swollen Shoot Virus Disease, that has ravaged hundreds of millions of trees in West Africa. Scientists Andres et al. showed that farmers with better access to information, a larger farm, and more secure land tenure rights were more likely to adopt preventive measures against this disease. They recommend, therefore, to relay prevention information to Ghanaian cocoa farmers on local radio, TV stations or mobile devices to help limit the spread of the disease.

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